Pinch Harmonics

how do I do pinch harmonics like zakk wylde??? thanks

Answer #1

First of all, touch the low “E” string over the 12th fret, ensuring that your finger is over the metal fret itself, now pick the string. Notice that you get the same note (E) an octave higher. Now turn some gain up on your amp and gently touch any string with the fretting hand, moving over all the frets. Notice that as we move along the length of the string we get all manner of harmonics occurring.

“Pinched harmonics” are really a way of utilising the guitars harmonics on fretted notes. In order to get a harmonic on a fretted note we must develop technique in the picking hand, by which we get the harmonic to jump out. We are effectively “Pinching” the string. It is essential that we show as little pick as possible to the string and that we drag the pick through the string then the flesh of the side of the thumb should gently rub the string. It is very important that you experiment by moving the picking hand along the length of the string you are picking (around the pickup), to get different harmonics. Let me know how you get on… Nick

Answer #2

My advice to you is to practice. But you’ll never be able to sound EXACTLY like him. Why? Because you and him are 2 different people so therefore, you have different voices and different sounds/pitches. No 2 people are exactly alike so no 2 people can sing/play music exactly alike… but that doesn’t mean you won’t sound good.

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